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Re: usage of abbreviation tag


From: Joe Chidzik
Date: Sep 17, 2013 2:01AM

> Questions:
> Do I still emphasize to people the importance of using the abbr tag and title
> attribute -- the problem is with the screen reader, not the HTML?

Note also that the abbr element is inaccessible for keyboard users.

I generally advise that when an acronymabbreviation is used for the first time on a page, it is expanded in full e.g. BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). This approach is accessible to screenreader users, and also gives keyboard users access to the expansion.

Another, accessible, alternative, is using a pure CSS tooltip which uses the :focus pseudoclass in addition to :hover so that it is accessible to keyboard and mouse users, as well as screenreader users.